07:11:2004 Entry: "Ann : More Unbelievable Tales of Stupid People"
More Unbelievable Tales of Stupid People
Tim had his valve replacement surgery last Monday. Fortunately they did a mechanical valve rather than a pig valve, much to my relief. I'd rather be bionic than know an animal had to die for me in that way when mechanics would suffice instead. We went to visit him in the hospital yesterday. They were planning on releasing him this coming Monday, but it takes everything out of him to walk about 40 feet or so. And he has fluid in his lungs, so he won't be coming home until that is cleared up.
He was telling us about a physical therapist there. I guess he told her that he had to be able to walk up stairs before they release him. She asked him why. He told her he lives on the 2nd floor of his condo building. She asked him why he has to live in a place with so many steps.
OH FOR THE LOVE OF ABSOLUTE SUBURBAN HICK SHELTERED KEPT-WOMAN STUPIDITY! HOW DOES A PERSON THAT NAIVE AND TACTLESS EVEN ACQUIRE SUCH A JOB?
I'm sorry, but that just set me off in an angry tirade (picture Ann doing her Dennis Hopper impression), trying to not get too mad in front of the recovering patient and in front of Stan who would tell me my blood pressure is rising, but that is just the most INSENSITIVE thing I have heard in a long time. Why do you have to live in a place with steps? 'Because I'm poor!' Tim answered.
It's a good thing I wasn't present when he was talking to her. I'd give her the third degree.
Another one of those 'Why can't you just....' women.
I don't want to use the word 'rude' because rudeness requires some sort of consciousness one is being rude, I believe. Naive? Tactless? JUST PLAIN STOOOOPID?
OK, to be a Physical Therapist means you had to go to university. You had to get a degree. You had to experience other people. You had to live near a college, you had to be exposed to some sort of (even in a very small way) semi/quasi-urban way of life (unless you got your entire degree at some sort of extension in rural Podunk, Eb from Green Acres style). You must have some sort of knowledge that there are buildings out there that have more than one floor, and not all these buildings have elevators. Right? People must be aware of this, right? Am I wrong on this?
AM I THE ONE WHO IS SHELTERED FOR NOT REALIZING THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SO SHELTERED IN THIS WORLD?
I mean if Tim KNEW when he bought the condo 7 years ago that he'd be having open heart surgery in 2004, he would've opted for a first floor unit, but at the time, 2nd floor seemed the best (fewer utility bills being sandwiched between floors, less risk of having a roof collapse not being on the top floor, less risk of being robbed not being on the first floor with easily accessible windows). But then again, if Tim knew that he'd also know which lottery numbers to pick and getting a condo at Sherman Terrace would be moot because he'd be living the highlife in Hawaii. With elevators.
I think the physical therapist needs a little sensitivity training to be in the profession she is in.
People like her probably bitch at their property tax bill being too high and think teachers are being paid too much. Yeah, they have to be able to afford those 2nd floor condos without elevators. Oh, wait. People like her probably never even see their property tax bill. Hubby probably has his accountant take care of it all.